Here Comes the Sun: Vitamin D is Here!

Are you getting enough vitamin D? Vitamin D can help reduce your risk of the flu, cancer, muscle aches, cardiovascular disease, depression, diabetes, autoimmune disease, and osteoporosis.

Well, not literally, but if you live in Santa Clara CA, home of Platinum Chiropractic, you'll be happy to know that beginning last week being out in the sun and exposing your skin during peak hours for as little as 10min per day can synthesize up to 10,000 IU's of vitamin D!! So start getting out in the sun more.

As of today, March 20th the window is 12:20pm - 2:10pm. Most of us should still continue to supplement, but now we have access to a more natural source. Nature is awesome!

For more information about timing, peak hours, and how you can check for your area, take a look at this article from Dr. Mercola:  https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/03/26/maximizing-vitamin-d-exposure.aspx

Vitamin D Days are Over

Why is supplementing Vitamin D so important? Who wouldn't want to reduce their risk of the flu, cancer, muscle aches, cardiovascular disease, depression, diabetes, autoimmune disease, and osteoporosis? At our practice in Santa Clara we carry the best and highest quality vitamin D supplement we have found, made by Innate Choice.

For this year anyway...

Vitamin D is a profoundly important nutrient that provides a vast array of health benefits. The question is, do we really need to supplement? And if we do, what’s the proper dosage? 

It is estimated that up to 85% of people have insufficient levels of vitamin D and are unaware of their deficient state. While conventional media and medicine promote sun avoidance, doing so can actually put your health in grave danger and cause vitamin D deficiency (Mercola.com). 

Vitamin D is a very special vitamin because it has so many uses in the body; it’s actually more like a hormone. Over 3,000 genes that we know of are symbiotically using Vitamin D. 

Dr. Robert Heaney, a professor and one of the most well respected researchers in the field, has studied osteoporosis, vitamin D, and calcium physiology for over 50 years. Trained as a physician and endocrinologist, he has been working at the Creighton University’s Osteoporosis Research Center, which he founded, since the late 1960s, with a focus on bone biology. “Inevitably, when you deal with bones, sooner or later, your path crosses with vitamin D, which is vital and important for a whole host of functions,” says Heaney. According to him, vitamin D is involved in the biochemical cellular machinery of all cells and tissues in your body. When you do not have enough, that “machinery” does not work very well. Consequently, your entire body struggles to operate as programmed into our genomes. 

Optimal vitamin D levels can slash your risk of cancer by as much as 60%. Keeping your levels optimized can help prevent at least 16 different types of cancer, including pancreatic, lung, ovarian, prostate, and skin cancers. Moreover, vitamin D can build your defenses against cancer and other diseases by:

•  Enhancing the self-destruction of mutated cells (which can replicate and cause cancer)

•  Slowing down the production and spread of cancer cells

•  Reducing the risk of other conditions as well, including type 2 diabetes, chronic inflammation, age-related macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness), and Alzheimer’s disease.

•  Exhibiting its infection-fighting abilities in the treatment of tuberculosis, pneumonia, colds, and flu.

•  Improving seizure control in epileptics.

The best way to attain Vitamin D is through sun exposure without the use of sun block between 10am and 2pm. The sun provides beneficial UVB wavelengths that are needed to optimize your levels. It emits two types of wavelengths at different periods in a day: UVA rays and UVB rays. Your body requires UVB for vitamin D production. Unless you’re living in a tropical region, you can not get vitamin D from the sun year round. That is why a good vitamin D supplement is essential for health.

Experts agree that adults need about 5,000 IU’s and children need about 3,000 IU’s per day to maintain healthy levels. Now is the perfect time to begin supplementing since we can no-longer get Vitamin D from the sun until May! The best and highest quality vitamin D supplement we have found is the one we have in the practice. It’s comes from Innate Choice, contains Vitamin D3 from lanolin in a base of certified organic virgin olive oil. Get this supplement now before you start losing your health throughout the winter months.

Welcome UBV!

Good news everybody!

For those of you living in San Jose, CA and similar latitudes, as of Monday March 13 at 1:10 pm the sun will reach 50 degrees above the horizon, which is when UVB sun rays can penetrate our atmosphere. 

What does that mean to us?

Sun rays contain ultra violet lights such as UVA, UVB, and very little UVC. Out of the UVA, B, and C rays, UVB comprises for about 3% of the rays that even reach earth’s surface. UVB rays are of particular interest, because they stimulate our skin to create vitamin-d. This 3% of rays consisting of UVB, only reaches earth’s surface when the sun is at least 50 degrees above our horizon (the higher the sun the longer the UVB exposure). 

Beginning tomorrow, the sun will breach the 50 degree mark for 20 minutes, allowing UBV rays to reach us! 

This is one of our favorite days of the year. We like to celebrate by getting out in the sun, and enjoying it’s rays while it is at least 50 degrees above the horizon. When we expose our skin to the sun for at least 10 minutes, we gain access to a huge health benefit (a daily dose of UVB rays to our skin, in order for our body to synthesize vitamin-d) just by being in the sun. 

If you are in the US, you can look up your location at this website to see when UVB is available for you to convert to vitamin-d.

For San Jose, the window opens tomorrow Monday March 13th at 1:10 pm and closes at 1:30 pm.

Reference our vitamin-d article to learn more about why vitamin-d is crucial to your health.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a profoundly important nutrient that provides a vast array of health benefits. The question is, do we really need to supplement? And if we do, what's the proper dosage? 

It is estimated that up to 85% of people have insufficient levels of vitamin D and are unaware of their deficient state. While conventional media and medicine promote sun avoidance, doing so can actually put your health in grave danger and cause vitamin D deficiency (Mercola.com). 

Vitamin D is a very special vitamin because it has so many uses in the body; it’s actually more like a hormone. Over 3,000 genes that we know of are symbiotically using Vitamin D. 

Dr. Robert Heaney, a professor and one of the most well respected researchers in the field, has studied osteoporosis, vitamin D, and calcium physiology for over 50 years. Trained as a physician and endocrinologist, he has been working at the Creighton University’s Osteoporosis Research Center, which he founded, since the late 1960s, with a focus on bone biology. "Inevitably, when you deal with bones, sooner or later, your path crosses with vitamin D, which is vital and important for a whole host of functions," says Heaney. According to him, vitamin D is involved in the biochemical cellular machinery of all cells and tissues in your body. When you do not have enough, that “machinery” does not work very well. Consequently, your entire body struggles to operate as programmed into our genomes. 

Optimal vitamin D levels can slash your risk of cancer by as much as 60%. Keeping your levels optimized can help prevent at least 16 different types of cancer, including pancreatic, lung, ovarian, prostate, and skin cancers. Moreover, vitamin D can build your defenses against cancer and other diseases by:

  • Enhancing the self-destruction of mutated cells (which can replicate and cause cancer)
  • Slowing down the production and spread of cancer cells
  • Reducing the risk of other conditions as well, including type 2 diabetes, chronic inflammation, age-related macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness), and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Exhibiting its infection-fighting abilities in the treatment of tuberculosis, pneumonia, colds, and flu. 
  • Improving seizure control in epileptics.

The best way to attain Vitamin D is through sun exposure without the use of sun block between 10am and 2pm. The sun provides beneficial UVB wavelengths that are needed to optimize your levels. It emits two types of wavelengths at different periods in a day: UVA rays and UVB rays. Your body requires UVB for vitamin D production. Unless you’re living in a tropical region, you can not get vitamin D from the sun year round. That is why a good vitamin D supplement is essential for health. Experts agree that adults need about 5,000 IU’s and children need about 3,000 IU’s per day to maintain healthy levels. The best vitamin D supplement we have found is the one we have at our office. It’s comes from Innate Choice, contains Vitamin D3 from lanolin in a base of certified organic virgin olive oil.